After Christmas break I felt like my kids grew up a TON. My class is extremely diverse; from all over the world, and in first grade I not only have to teach them to read ... but also English! AH. I have seen the "light bulb" go off in over half of my kiddos, which is amazing! But, I have a few that are still really struggling. My focus these next few weeks is to do more guided reading with them and still manage to challenge the others... assistant please? This month we have been working on addition and subtraction math problems and our teeth!
It's been awhile, really way too long. But similar to Brugge, I took a bit of a rest from blogging. Brugge is packed in December, with people everywhere -- to the point where they close the streets, only allowing buses. In January, most of the shops all close up for the month to give everyone some time off... so that's why I did, hehe!
Here's a glimpse of what I have been doing this past month.
I have NOT cracked my fingers. I can't believe it, Ryan can't either. This has been a bad habit since middle school.
I just started reading Daring Greatly and feel like I have highlighted every page. "Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough."
Spanish - I went to sign up for the course and it's dutch translated into spanish... so that's not happening.
Photoshop - I just started a free course! I'll have a more in-depth post about what I have been learning!
Squash is now on our plates a lot more, I've already made these 3 recipes
It takes 21 days to break a bad habit, what about a really bad one?
A new skill I'd like to learn:
Photo Shop and Spanish
I have already bought photo shop and signed up for an e-course... hopefully the adult language center here in Brugge has an opening for their evening Spanish class!
A person I hope to be more like:
Oprah and a better version of myself.
A good deed I'm going to do:
Help the homeless and volunteer
There are quite a few homeless women that I encounter during my commute to work, I usually give them a few coins but this year I'd like to make them sandwiches. I'd also like to find a place to volunteer once we move back to the D.C. area - something like Boys and Girls Club, which is a great organization that I worked with during university.